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Dear readers and those feeling a bit stuck in their jobs: Everyone talks about being grateful for the job they have. However, that doesn't mean we necessarily like that job. That stress can effect your health, relationships, and your employment. Here are some handy tips for staying less stressed and a happier at work:
Create a lunchtime ritual you enjoy - It's the half-way point of the day, make it yours: music, magazines, go outside, play on Facebook, learn something new on a podcast.
Clear your desk of unnecessary stuff - Don't let outdated debris clutter your workspace. Go feed the recycling barrel.
Have updates for your manager - What did you do today that's useful and helps the company? Keep an ongoing list of projects you've done and save positive feedback you get via email.
Prioritize with honesty - Complete the big projects first and ask for help sooner rather than later. To get up to speed, you can try our free tutorials, videos, and instruction on various Office programs.
Less complaining and more smiling - Avoid drama, gossip less, and watch the people around you respond accordingly to your positive energy.
Admit to mistakes - Reduce complications and increase personal integrity.
Do your job - Be the one who doesn't need micromanaging. Take the initiative, earn trust and simplify your work life.
'Happiness at work is about mindfully making the best use of the resources you have to overcome the challenges you face. Actively relishing the highs and managing the lows will help you maximize your performance and achieve your potential. And this not only builds your happiness but also that of others - who will be affected and energized by what you do.' - Dr Laurel Edmunds and Jessica Pryce-Jones
Thanks for the plug, Ed :-). leslie
Great ideas, Ed. I recently tried to tackle this issue as well with my column "Take it easy: Tips for managing stress at work: office.microsoft.com/.../HA102909961033.aspx Thanks for the additional ideas. -- Crabby
Glad to be of service
I love that quote. Just remove the "at work" part.
Unneccessary might need to spell checked, other then that, this is a great article.
Thank for the spell check and the kind words. And I'd say most of these tips apply to non-work life, too. Thank you!